Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A Vote for Principle

As most of you know, I would have voted for Ron Paul had he run on a third party ticket. However, in his absence, I found it difficult to know how to vote. As a conservative I have usually voted Republican but must admit that I have been disappointed with the status quo of both parties. Perhaps I am wrong, but it seems that most politicians are unwilling to follow the constitution or to stand up for right ... unless of course it is popular at the time.

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone,
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection
that your vote is never lost."

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS

Many people have told me that I should vote for the lesser of the two evils. In the current election, that would be John McCain — at least in my opinion. Reality is always hard to judge in staged rallies, speeches, and interviews. So, up until this morning I was unsure how to vote. I did think that Palin might be the one to vote for as she was the most conservative. However, I am not convinced that her position fits very well with God's desire for women (see Titus 2) even though she is probably more conservative than her running mate.

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again,
and expecting a different result."

ALBERT EINSTEIN

So, after contemplating the lack of results provided by the Republican candidates for any office of late, I decided to vote on principle instead of what would statistically make the most sense. It may be (and probably will be) that my vote will not persuade an elector to select my candidate of choice. But I have voted for someone I actually believe would make a difference in Washington. Did you?

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The quotations above were found in an article written by Chuck Baldwin entitled, A Wasted Vote?.

2 comments:

uc said...

That's good voting advice. So did you vote for Nader?

Andy Rupert said...

ha ha.

No, I didn't vote for Nader. He hasn't rescinded his remarks in Unsafe at any Speed as of yet. So, until the Corvair makes a comeback, he'll never make my list.

It took a long time to decide. I had some good thoughts regarding Palin, but at the last moment decided to vote for Chuck Baldwin. He wasn't the most polished speaker, but he had good principles.